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Midtown South / Chelsea >
Chelsea Chinese (aka Grand Sichuan International)
Posted by Local Foodie on 07/16/2005
This is among the best chinese food I've ever had. Try the soup dumplings. Just beware, the service isn't great and delivery can be very slow.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/19/2005
The service at this restaurant is poor and I wouldn't go back because of it. The food is very good, however. Order take out b/c you don't want to deal with the service. Our waitress started arguing with us when we told her that she delivered the wrong food to our table. We politely said that it wasn't what we ordered and she started yelling and telling us that we were wrong and to stop lying! It was almost funny... I have never been treated this way in a restaurant and the funniest part was to watch the table next to us try to flag her down to tell her that is was their food. People make mistakes, but I don't enjoy being yelled at when paying money for dinner. It is too bad because this would be a great spot if they could do something about the service.
Posted by Lips Abuzz on 04/15/2005
Being a big fan of authentic Szechuan cuisine, this place is definitely the best Chinese in NYC. The head waiter at my favorite San Francisco Szechuan restaurant turned me onto it when I moved here. My friends & I go here about 2-3 a month. Anyone intimidated by the menu, take note of these recommendations: soup dumplings, 5-spice beef, cucumber salad, cold garlic chicken, ma-la beeef tendon, dry-fried string beans, water-boiled beef, auzhou chicken, stir-fried potatoes, beef w/ dry bean curd. I've never had trouble w/ the service but it could be because of my speaking Mandarin. Don't take it personally, just be assertive & ask for what you want. It's well worth it. Enjoy!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/02/2005
Price has gone up. Quality/Portions have gone down. Too bad b/c I used to order from them twice a week. Not anymore.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/25/2005
The food here is very good, and I'm lucky enough to live nearby--so I can get take out and avoid the hurried service. I've seen them literally clear plate away while you're eating!
Posted by ka on 01/19/2005
Living nearby I was regular customer. The food is great especially if you take some of the specials at the back of the menu. Unfortunately the service is sooo terrible that I won't go back. It's not that they are not attentive (though they aren't) it's that they are so rude and condescending that you have a hard time blocking it out. Oh well, there are many other restaurants nearby!
Posted by New Customer on 12/23/2004
This place, if they don't know you, treats newcomers poorly. We had to beg for a menu, service, water refills, and our lunch! It came late, but after everyone else around us had been sat and served. Too bad because the food was good. But I'm not sure it was worth it! The servers were condescending and just rude.